- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 604 KB
- Print Length: 281 pages
- Publisher: Jess Sturman-Coombs; Second edition (8 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00655U9XC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #524,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So, I signed up on a hunch, having no idea what expect. I was soon introduced to Ruby: bit of a mouthy outsider; liked school but under achieved: a sixteen year old looker who gives the local Casanova the brush before returning to a home life from hell.
Suddenly the book reveals another side to her when her determination and attitude alone land her a job at a time when they are scarce even for the highly qualified. Then someone sniffs a whiff of hidden promise and Ruby tentatively enters a world where everything has a price even - or especially - among friends.
What I like best about this book is learning about Ruby the way you learn about some people in real life: you encounter them, maybe like them a little then over time learn what makes them tick. And we are not short changed. By the end there are no unanswered questions beyond 'when can I buy the next one?'.
Essentially this is a dark thriller and I like that too. The author is particularly effective when conveying threat, as she does so well in what appears to be an ordinary bus journey until certain other elements take over. She is also good at making you want to whisk Ruby away to somewhere safe. Best of all she is adept at describing how how Ruby resolves an intricate and life threatening situation: I love an author who tells me exactly how something defying all odds is achieved!
Poker Face is a page turner of high order that travels into darkness, terror and pain. Catch Ruby on the ground floor. I suspect there will be many ascents to come.
So begins a thrilling, exciting, and sometimes dangerous journey for the young Ruby Palmer. What she doesn't know about working in a law firm they will teach her. What she doesn't know about people and the world she's going to learn the hard way. But what the people and the world don't know, is that Ruby Palmer will give back as good as she gets... and more!
This is the debut novel, `Poker Face' by the highly talented Jess Sturman-Coombs. I read this in pretty much one sitting and it's really hard not to. The intelligent story and totally believable characters just grab you by your collar and drag you along at a rip roaring pace. It's exciting, interesting and in parts very amusing as you watch this girl coming of age in a situation she never thought she'd be in.
If you read it, you'll understand why Ms Sturman-Coombs has received so many 5* reviews.
I eagerly await the sequel due towards the end of the year and any and all other works by this author.
For a reader, there is nothing like coming across a new writer who produces work of this quality.
Congratulations Ms Sturman-Coombs. I have a feeling your future is extremely bright!
Ruby is enticing and knows how to get what she wants, and she's obviously supposed to be good looking but this, refreshingly isn't the only thing about her, so she's likeable. Just as you think you know what's about to happen the plot twists and turns constantly so you can never guess.
This was a quick read and I'm so glad I read it. My only problem is on thinking back about the book some things that happen are a bit unbelievable, but when you're into the story it's fine and you really root for Ruby and the other characters.
Ruby leaves school and as she has bragged to her friend about getting herself a job, she realises she actually does need to find one. So she hops off the bus and enquires at the first solicitor's office she finds. She's a determined girl and makes sure she gets a job- which they weren't even advertising for. She meets some very interesting characters around the building and eventually gets placed with The Boss and his young uni student apprentice.
This leads to mayhem as Ruby breaks all the rules and gets involved with things she never should have- it's a definite one to read and I look forward to reading more by the author. Not your typical YA novel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant book. The author has created some fabulous, three dimensional characters who are likable and believable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Beth
Bought this and poker face together. You have to absolutely suspend all belief to what can happen to one person. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2014 by Paul G
So glad I was able to download the next immediately. Liked this an awful lot...different to my usual reads. Easy read, great page turner.Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by Ange
A fantastic read. I have rarely found books where I have liked the lead character so much. Ruby is a victim but a brave and fiery one. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Alison Reynolds
I first heard about this a while back, and out of interest bought both this and the sequel together. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Lauren Brender
Brilliant is all I can say. It was actually my mum who suggested this book to me and I must say, I thought it was great. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by R.M.Kennedy
I took forever to read this wonderful story (life got in the way), and really shouldn't have as it's a cracking read and would appeal particularly to young people, especially as it... Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by Daisy64
A fantastic read left me desperate to read the next. An emotional journey with a young but determined Ruby.
I am hoping that there will be more.
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